East Dulwich Grove/Townley Road/Green Dale junction scheme

The Council are now consulting on a revised scheme for this junction - see
http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200308/current/3729/townley_road_junction_scheme_re-consultation. The consultation proposal is No. 8A.

The Council has also confirmed that it will hold a drop in session at St Barnabas Church Hall in Dulwich Village, on Saturday 28 February, 11am-2pm.This will provide the only opportunity for local residents and stakeholders to view the plans, and to directly engage with council officers to discuss the proposed changes in detail and/or obtain answers to particular points of detail.

The amendments include:

  • Removal of existing staggered pedestrian crossings with the implementation of shorter, single movement facilities.
  • Introduction of a diagonal pedestrian crossing to link footways adjacent to both schools and cater for an existing pedestrian desire line.
  • All pedestrian facilities to operate at the same time to reduce waiting time for pedestrians and improve the efficiency of the junction.
  • Cycle pre-signal on Townley Road and Green Dale to allow cycles to enter the junction and undertake turning movements before general traffic.
  • New signalised cycle gates on both Townley Road and Green Dale where cyclists are held on a red signal whilst general traffic movements operate. This removes the risk of both left hook and
  • right hook collisions. (Please note that more confident cyclists will still be allowed to use the general traffic lane to traverse the junction from either Townley Road or Green Dale).
  • Semi-segregated cycle lane and advanced cycle waiting area on East Dulwich Grove (westbound) to allow cyclists to bypass waiting vehicles and gain priority at the junction
  • Footway build outs to reduce crossing distances for pedestrians and to visually improve the streetscape.
  • New two stage right turn facilities for cyclists to assist right turning movements into either Townley Road or Green Dale from East Dulwich Grove.
  • A semi-segregated cycle lane is proposed on Townley Road to allow cyclists to safely pass queuing traffic and access the cycle facilities at the junction.
  • A new segregated cycle lane is proposed linking Calton Avenue with Townley Road to allow cyclists to bypass the Calton Avenue / Townley Road junction.
  • All existing turning movements at the junction are retained, including for coaches.
  • There will be a slight loss of capacity over the existing layout but the junction will continue to operate within acceptable levels of saturation.

The Council says that the responses to the questionnaire will be analysed and taken into account before a final decision is taken on the proposals. The consultation results for both the original consultation and the re-consultation will be reported at the Dulwich Community Council meeting on the 17 March 2015. Following the latter meeting, the final decision on whether to proceed with the scheme will be taken by Cllr Mark Williams, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning, and Transport in April.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 11:55

North Dulwich Triangle - Controlled Parking Zone consultation?

The local residents who attended a public meeting on Thursday 12 February were overwhelmingly in favour of a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in the NDT. The implementation of CPZs from Holmdene Road westwards and by Lambeth Council from Herne Hill Road/Denmark Hill westwards has resulted in many more non-residents parking in the NDT area. The council also proposes to implement double yellow lines on all the junctions in the NDT to prevent unsafe parking – this will reduce still further the space available for parking.
 
The council has intimated that it will confirm at the next DCC meeting on 17 March that they will start a formal consultation process about introducing a CPZ in the area.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 11:56

The draft Cycling Strategy and the ‘Southwark Spine’

Council have confirmed that the proposed route through Dulwich Park has been withdrawn – one councillor at the last DCC said that its implementation ‘would be over his dead body’.

The Council appears to have woken up to the fact that the ‘cycling spine’ and its related ‘quiet ways’ are not supported by everyone in Dulwich and, over the next month, their officers will be carrying out more detailed engagement with local residents associations to tell them exactly what is proposed.

http//www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200107/transport_policy/3623/cycling_strategy
http//www.sdgdigital.co.uk/sites/southwarkcycling/
http//www.southwark.gov.uk/cyclingstrategy

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:35

Double Yellow Lines to replace white lines in front of dropped kerbs

At the last DCC meeting it became clear that Southwark’s new Streetscape Design Manual (SSDM) is no longer going to allow single white lines to be painted in front of dropped kerbs. The Council will now paint double yellow lines instead but this policy is not retrospective.

While white lines were not enforceable it did offer the benefit of allowing house owners to let visitors to park in front of their drives if there was no other parking available. This will no longer be the case and would seem to imply an extension of the length of Enforcement Officers’ rounds. This can only add to the Council’s costs and residents will be stuck with the aesthetic consequences. Is this another change that the Council have forgotten to consult residents on?
North Dulwich Triangle - Controlled Parking Zone consultation?
An upcoming residents meeting will discuss parking in the NDT, which is now becoming an urgent concern for many residents. This will be in the Methodist Hall, on the corner of Half Moon Lane & Beckwith Road, on Thursday 12th February at 7:30pm. Village Ward councillors will be represented.

The residents of Holmdene Avenue and the streets to the west voted in favour of a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in 2010 while the NDT voted against. However, the implementation of CPZs from Holmdene westwards and by Lambeth Council from Herne Hill Road/Denmark Hill westwards has resulted in many more non-residents parking in the NDT area. The council also proposes to implement double yellow lines on all the junctions in the NDT to prevent unsafe parking – this will reduce still further the space available for parking.
 
The Council consultants recently surveyed all the streets concerned on weekdays, evenings and weekends. The council has intimated that it will confirm at the next DC) meeting on 17 March that they will start a formal consultation process about introducing a CPZ in the area.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:34

East Dulwich Picturehouse

Picture House Cinemas have confirmed that the new cinema in the old St Thomas More Hall on Lordship Lane will open on Friday 20 March.

The press release says: ‘the Cinema will be equipped with state of the art digital projection and sound technology, with comfortable seating and ample legroom. There will be 3 Screens totalling a capacity of 244 seats: Screen 1 - 105 seats, Screen 2 - 86 seats and Screen 3 - 53 seats, with extra seating for the disabled. The architectural integrity of the previously disused community hall will be preserved and in some cases re-exposed - as with the beam work previously hidden by suspended ceilings’.

The operator sees the new cinema as primarily a ‘community cinema’, serving the local area- for people who can easily walk, cycle or take the bus to it. It also says that it has partnered with surrounding businesses and organisations, and will offer members great local discounts at shops and restaurants.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:29

Memorial tree for Stella Benwell

Southwark Tree Officers have confirmed that they will plant the Tai Haku Cherry chosen by the Dulwich Park Friends to commemorate Stella Benwell’s life by the end of the month. There will be short dedication ceremony on Sunday 8 March 2015 at 2pm (meet by the nearest shelter to the Pavilion Cafe by the Lake at Dulwich Park).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:34

20mph Limit

Residents will have noticed that the Council is actively rolling out a borough-wide 20mph speed limit on most the road surface - large numbers of 20 roundels are being painted on road surfaces.

There will be no further physical speed control measures, and it remains unclear whether the limit will be enforced by the police - and whether speed cameras like the one on Sydenham Hill will be adjusted to reflect the new policy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:32

Herne Hill Bridge repairs postponed

The Herne Hill Forum has reported that Network Rail have now confirmed that the extensive bridge repairs that were timetabled for summer 2015 have been postponed until 2017/18. This is because TFL have not been able to divert the bus routes from going through Herne Hill to allow the repairs to take place.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:33

Dulwich Fairtrade fortnight

This will run from Monday 23 February to 8 March. Several retailers in the Dulwich area taking part including Shepherds in Dulwich Village.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:29

Council Tax

Southwark Have confirmed that they will freeze council tax for the seventh year. This is welcome news.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:33

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